If your skin biopsy site becomes infected, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Here are a few things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms:
- Keep the biopsy site clean: Gently clean the biopsy site with mild soap and water and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment: Your doctor may recommend an antibiotic ointment or cream to help prevent infection and promote healing.
- Keep the biopsy site covered: Keep the biopsy site covered with a sterile bandage to help protect it from further infection.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever: If you experience pain or discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed.
- Avoid picking or scratching at the biopsy site: This can increase the risk of infection and delay healing.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions: Your doctor may recommend additional treatments or medications to help clear up the infection and promote healing.
It’s very important to follow the instructions from your doctor and to contact them if the infection persists or your symptoms worsen. An infected skin biopsy may require antibiotics or a revisit to the clinic to remove the stitches and drain the area.